Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced that its Prime Music streaming service will now be available in the U.K., CNet reported.
Amazon's streaming music service, which pumps music directly into a computer or smartphone, launched in the United States last year. The e-commerce retailer offers streaming subscriptions to movies, TV shows, music and more as part of shopper's Prime membership, which costs $99 a year and offers two-day free shipping in addition to the streaming services. Prime membership in the U.S. recently reached the 44 million-member mark.
Amazon will now be able to better compete with Apple Music and Spotify by offering the service internationally. The idea is that customers in the U.K. will sign up for Prime membership in order to get the streaming music along with the other membership benefits, outshining other music options.
Prime Music allows users to download songs to a phone for off-line listening and is available through the Amazon Music app as well as Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Amazon's Fire HD and HDX tablets, and the Fire phone.
Amazon Music has about 1 million tracks, which is not as large as Spotify or Apple Music, but the other two services have an annual subscription cost closer to $120.
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